Located in northern Palm Beach County, Florida, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is a privately-owned, not-for-profit nature preserve and wildlife rescue center. Established in 1982 by Ron and Meg Busch, the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is dedicated to the protection and rehabilitation of injured, orphaned, and distressed native wildlife species. The sanctuary is open to the public and offers educational tours, programs, and special events that promote environmental awareness. Information can be found here.
The sanctuary covers 187 acres of wetlands, grasslands, and woodlands bordering the Loxahatchee Slough, a waterway connecting the Loxahatchee River to the Atlantic Ocean. Busch Wildlife Sanctuary’s wetlands are home to numerous species of birds, aquatic animals, mammals, and reptiles, along with numerous species of plants. The sanctuary is a designated Audubon Society Important Bird Area, has been recognized six times by the Florida Field Ornithologists for its having the greatest diversity of bird species, and holds state records for having the most breeding pairs of Bald Eagles, Ninety-Nine Herons, and Roseate Spoonbills. The sanctuary’s wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center focus on rescuing and rehabilitating injured, orphaned, or distressed wildlife from North and South Florida. The wildlife rehabilitators at the sanctuary have been trained and licensed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The animals that cannot be released back into the wild are cared for as permanent residents at the sanctuary. See here for information about Indian Creek Park in Jupiter, Florida.